Discussion in 'Shooting Gear and Storage' started by 1KPerDay, Oct 7, 2017.
I've been going without. I know, I know. so what are my options? Cheaper is better.
I've never tried any type of earplugs while out hunting. I realize some may let most ambient sounds in, then protect against gunfire(the plan anyway). The main issue is shots are few, hearing is often important to be aware of game.
It also can depend of the type of hunting. If sitting in a duck blind with a few others, I could see wearing plugs. If walking a brushy road for grouse, where I may only get 4 shots spread out over 3 hours, I'd be more likely to pass on the plugs.
Then we have the gun type itself, 22 rifle?, short barrel shotgun? Handgun? All of this would come into play. So often while big game hunting one hears the leaves rustle(when it's not a squirrel) as the 1st sign game is near. At the range or casual shooting I always wear plugs, hopefully it evens out in the wash.
I do realize the subject is more along the lines of the 'Walker's Game Ear' types, or the modern equivalent.
Yeah well with me and grouse it's more like one or two shots a day, if I'm lucky. Shotgun, typically 20 gauge sometimes 12. My ears don't ring after a shot but adrenaline might be confusing them a bit. And I have quite a few years of loud motorcycles and loud music and loud guns under my belt so they might not be as sensitive as they should be.
The evolution of the old Sonic II ear plugs.
What's wrong with electronic muffs?
Not great for humping up and down the mountains all day.
Not saying you shouldn't but I've never used or seen anyone else use ear protection when bird hunting.
For me it`s more of a personal choice.
After bird hunting for 30+ years I finally settled on the electronic muffs. I tried foam plugs but couldn’t always hear a flush. I used one foam plug in my left ear for years since it was closer to the muzzle and would let me hear out of my left but it didn’t help my right ear if my buddy on my right was hammering away at a duck or pheasant. I tried the little orange plugs with the ss cylinder inside that the army used to issue to their artillery men, and they worked but weren’t very comfortable for all day wear in my ears. My dad bought me a pair of Howard Leight Impact muffs 4-5yrs back for shooting IDPA and I tried them in the field and they were great. You could hear birds running in the brush, you can hear the flush better, and they deaden the sound when you need it. I returned the favor and got my dad a pair and he loves them because with his bad ears he can actually hear all of those things now for the first time in many years. Hope that helps. Hearing never comes back and it is worth the money to keep it. Ask any older gentleman who has to ask ‘what’ all the time. Actually I have to and I am not that old. It sucks.
Get an assortment and pick out the ones that work best for you.
I have a big box of the “plug in’s” now. Not what I would have picked by sight (why I suggest an assortment and try them all) but after using them they are my “go to” plug, I have them everywhere and can wear them for hours without discomfort.
The most effective ones I haveare the custom ones my ENT molded in my ears (bottom left) but they are “too much” for me most of the time.
I have howard leight electronic muffs and love them for matches. But I can't abide wearing them while hiking up the mountains here. Soggy sweaty mess. I also have very effective foam plugs but you can't hear anything with them in. I'm trying to find an option other than the $300 electronic plugs that will allow airflow, comfort, and also protection.
I know that this isn't going to do you much good at the moment, but I think that technology is changing so that soon, if not even now, smart plugs with the ability to hear normal sounds are available for less than $300.
There is a lady from Texas, Celeste of CeCa Associates, who sets up on commercial row at Camp Perry to sell molded ear plugs. I recall the last time I visited her shop (2 summers ago), she was selling such a non-electronic molded plug for much less than that. Unfortunately, I couldn't find a web site for her business. I have a set of her plugs (and lost another set) which I use around the house when I need ear protection. I wouldn't hesitate wearing them hunting with the normal sound detection feature.
Shucks, my hearing is so bad now that using my ears to detect game is pretty much a non-issue. I do try my best to not make it worse.
yeah I'm trying not to get to that point if possible
I've tried the sonic defender plugs (too much sound blocking to be useful hunting) and I've bought numerous electronic muffs from the original walkers to much more expensive units. They were also more or less useless while hunting. The original walkers were omnidirectional so u had no idea where the noises were coming from. And even the better models i have make it impossible to tell a squirrel 5 feet away from a deer 100 yards away. Just no perception of distance. So i still do all my hunting with no hearing protection. All of my practice is done wearing plugs with muffs over. Electronics work well for that. I Can say that my hearing is tested yearly at my job, and over the last 20 years there has been no decline, even after hundreds of 300 mag, 44 mag handguns, and 12 GA. And rimfire rounds while hunting.
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